Wed 18 Oct 2023

Evans: CER a step into the unknown

Elfyn Evans has talked of the step into the unknown next week’s Central European Rally presents to the FIA World Rally Championship.

Starting from Prague on Thursday October 26, the event includes mileage across the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria in a new three-nation format for the WRC.

Asked about what he expects from the asphalt stages which sit in wait at CER, Toyota’s Welshman said: “We don’t really know too much about it. The organisers have supplied some videos of the stages, but it’s difficult to gauge what the rally looks like. It’s a new rally for everybody, nobody really knows what to expect from the roads or how different they’ll be from day to day.”

Talking after his pre-event test in Czech Republic, Evans added: “[Testing in Czech] Is a new one for me. It’s been quite a while since we were last on Tarmac in Croatia. For the set-up, we need something that works everywhere and that can be hard to get from one day of testing, but we’ll do our best.

“A lot of this depends on the weather we get. Obviously rain is more likely at this time of the year than in the summer and if there’s a lot of rain then the road’s going to get more and more muddy and dirty and the grip levels become very hard to judge.”

Evans has a strong record on asphalt events, winning Croatia Rally earlier this year and leading for much of last year’s FORUM8 Rally Japan.

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